Public History Upcoming Courses

HIST 668: Hist/Practice Curatorial Work

Summer 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Ken Cohen

Course Description:

Offered at the National Museum of American History. This course delves into the history and current best practices of curatorial work for public historians. Students use the museum as their learning space and pay special attention to curators' role in building and maintaining the material record of the past through museum collections. The course is split between seminar-style discussions, guest speakers, and hands-on work in the collections.

HIST 685: Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Beyond

Summer 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Peter Kuznick

Course Description:

Summer study trip to Japan in conjunction with the Nuclear Studies Institute. Focuses on Japanese wartime aggression, the human devastation wrought by the atomic bombings, current Japanese and international efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, and the building of closer ties between the people of the United States and Japan. Participants hear first-hand accounts of atomic bomb survivors and Asian victims of Japanese atrocities, visit sites of historical and cultural significance, and attend commemorative events.

HIST 751: Graduate Research Seminar

Summer 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Mary Ellen Curtin

Course Description:

Identification and development of research subjects; sources and their evaluation; research techniques and problems; and writing argumentation. Students research and write substantial papers based largely on primary sources, with the aim of producing a paper suitable for submission to an academic journal or a professional conference.

HIST 667: Oral History

Fall 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Dan Kerr

Course Description:

This course presents the theory, practice, legal and ethical issues, and uses of oral history. Through field work, students gain interviewing, transcription, and analysis skills and study the advantages and limitations of oral history as source material.

HIST 727: Colloq in U.S. Hist I: to 1865

Fall 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Alan Kraut

Course Description:

The course assumes the student's familiarity with factual data and concentrates on analyzing important historiographic disputes and developments in U.S. history to the end of the Civil War.

HIST 729: Public History Seminar

Fall 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska

Course Description:

With HIST-730, this course is part of a two course sequence introducing students to ideas, debates, and best practices in the field of public history. The course introduces students to the historical origins of public history, the historiography and major paradigms in the field, and to debates about the public role of historians.

HIST 744: The Historian's Craft

Fall 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska and April Shelford

Course Description:

Focuses on historical theory, historical methodology, and differences in the various branches of history. Brings together graduate students with various specialties and interests and creates a common base of knowledge and experience.

HIST 751: Graduate Research Seminar

Fall 2018 Regular Term

Instructor: Max Paul Friedman and Eric Lohr

Course Description:

Identification and development of research subjects; sources and their evaluation; research techniques and problems; and writing and argumentation. Students research and write substantial papers based largely on primary sources, with the aim of producing a paper suitable for submission to an academic journal or a professional conference.